Keynote Speakers

Christian Wolkersdorfer

Mine Water Management 3.0 – What will be the future

Prof. Dr. habil. Christian Wolkersdorfer is a full research professor and has 29 years of professional experience. He is a mining and geothermal hydrogeologist specialized on mine water tracer tests, mine water geochemistry and remediation.
Christian Wolkersdorfer currently holds the South African Research Chair for Acid Mine Drainage Treatment at Tshwane University of Technology in Pretoria and until last year he was Finnish Distinguished Professor for Mine Water Management at Lappeenranta University of Technology in Mikkeli. He has been teaching hydrogeology, mining hydrology, and tracer hydrology at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich und Bergakademie Freiberg, Germany and within the AEG master course of Tübingen University. He held the Industrial Research Chair in Mine Water Remediation & Management at Cape Breton University, Nova Scotia, Canada. He received his master’s degree and Ph.D. from Clausthal University, Germany and habilitated at Bergakademie Freiberg, Germany. A world leader in mine water remediation and management projects, Dr. Wolkersdorfer has conducted and initiated several projects related to mine water and hydrogeology in Canada, Germany, Austria, Slovenia, Brazil, the United Kingdom, South Africa, Finland and Turkey. Dr. Wolkersdorfer is also the Technical Editor for the Journal “Mine Water and the Environment” as well as the President of the International Mine Water Association (IMWA), the Industry-Academia coordinator for the Mine Water Division of WISA (Water Institute of Southern Africa) and he is a member of the Global Alliance.

He published and edited 189 papers, books and book chapters in various journals and proceedings about hydrogeology, archaeology and mining related topics.

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Darrell Kirk Nordstrom
United States Geological Survey

Geochemical Modeling for Mine Site Characterization and Remediation

DR. D. KIRK NORDSTROM is a Senior Hydrogeochemist with 45 years experience with the US Geological Survey. He has a B.A. in Chemistry, an M.S. in Geology, and a Ph.D. in Geochemistry (Stanford University, 1977).

Dr. Nordstrom is recognized internationally for his research on acid mine drainage, radioactive waste disposal, geothermal chemistry, geomicrobiology, analytical chemistry, and geochemical modeling and has published more than 265 papers including 2 books. He has won several awards for his research and given numerous plenary and keynote lectures at scientific meetings. He consults with state, federal, and international governments and universities
on problems related to mine wastes, radioactive waste disposal, and arsenic and fluoride contamination of groundwaters.

John Waterhouse
Golder Associates Pty Ltd

Integrating hydrogeology  with geotechnical engineering

John Waterhouse is a Hydrogeologist who has worked for more than 45 years in a wide range of groundwater-related studies and developments.  His experience includes exploration, development and management of groundwater resources in sedimentary and associated fractured rock environments.

More than half of his career has been mining-related studies including dewatering and depressurisation of open pit and underground operations, tailings seepage and mine closure. Throughout his career, he has worked in multi-disciplinary teams, particularly including geotechnical studies. 

He has worked in most parts of Australia and overseas in West and East Africa, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, Pakistan, Brazil and Peru.  Projects have been carried out in a wide range of hydrogeological and climatic environments, ranging from deserts in Australia to the wet tropics, from arid plains to the Andes Mountains.

John’s work has included many dewatering and depressurisation studies (including reviews and detailed action plans in operational mines), often as integrated groundwater-geotechnical design studies and operational assessments.

He has been a member of IMWA for more than 30 years, has served on the Executive Committee and is the immediate Past-President.

Tatyana Lyubimova
Institute of Continuous Media Mechanics UB RAS

The Models for the Description of Highly Mineralized Brines Behavior

in Surface Water Bodies

T. Lyubimova is an outstanding scientist in the field of hydrodynamic stability and multiphase flows. She has developed new theoretical models and methods in the field of hydrodynamics of multiphase media and obtained important results which are currently used in the developing the foundations for the technology of high-performance flotation of mineral raw materials and increasing the efficiency of ore enrichment at the Verkhnekamskoe deposit of potassium-magnesium salts. T. Lyubimova is a leading expert in modeling the dynamics of water masses and the propagation of pollutants in large surface water bodies, taking into account density effects. She has obtained new fundamental results on the formation of density currents in the zones of river confluence characterized by significantly different hydrochemical regimes and on the washing out of pollutants from contaminated underwater quarries and lakes in periods of high magnitude floods. Her results allowed to solve a number of water management problems that are of great importance for the ecology and economy of the Perm Krai and of Russia. They are used as the basis for the development of schemes for optimal removal of excess brines of potash enterprises and schemes of selective water intake allowing to improve the potable water quality.

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Tobias Pinkse
K-UTEC AG Salt Technologies

Introducing a New Approach for the Stowage of Waste Brines from Potash Mines of the Werra District in Germany as a Measure to Ensure the Safe

and Sustainable Continuation of Potash Extraction and Processing

Tobias Pinkse has received a graduate degree in Mining Engineering in 2002 from the Technical University of Delft in The Netherlands. He has gained a broad experience in project management, (solution) mining, backfilling technology, extractive and industrial waste management, underground (cavern) storage, geotechnics, environmental impact assessment, permitting processes and stakeholder engagement through several roles in the civil engineering, oil & gas and salt mining industries.
Tobias has joined K-UTEC in 2016 and is currently project manager and business developer within the waste management and backfilling technology department. The use of underground space, created by mining activities, has been a thread throughout his career. He strongly believe that the utilisation of this space for secondary purposes such as waste stowage can lengthen the value chain for mining activities while improving the sustainability standards.

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Anna Bogush
University College London

Residues from Biomass Thermal Treatment in Energy-from-Waste Facilities for Acid Mine Drainage Remediation as Sustainable Industrial Symbiosis Solution

 Dr Anna Bogush is a Research Associate/Fellow at the Department of Earth Sciences (UCL).  She has a BSc in Chemistry, Ecology and Environmental Management; an MSc in Chemistry and Physical Chemistry; and a PhD in Geochemistry. Dr Anna Bogush works in interdisciplinary area including geochemistry, environmental engineering, environmental and material sciences.    Her research is largely directed towards understanding the fate of elements in natural-anthropogenic system and developing environmentally friendly and cost-effective waste remediation technologies.
Ann Maest
Buka Environmental

Responsible Mining Certification: Implications for mine characterization, monitoring, and modeling

Ann Maest is an aqueous geochemist with Buka Environmental in Boulder, Colorado, USA, andChief Scientist for E-Tech International. She has more than 25 years of research and professional experience and specializes in the environmental effects of hardrock mining, baseline water quality, and geochemical testing methods and modeling. She has evaluatedmore than 150 Environmental Impact Statements for large-scale mines in the United States, Latin America, Asia, and Africa and provides training to government agencies and communitieson EIS evaluation, the environmental effects of mining, and best practices. After completing herPhD, Dr. Maest was a research geochemist in the U.S. Geological Survey’s National Research Program, where she conducted research on the geochemistry of surface water and groundwater systems. She has served on several U.S. National Academy of Sciences committees and a Board related to earth resources and was an invited speaker on technical challenges and solutions for the mining sector at the United Nations. Ann holds a PhD in geochemistry and water resources from Princeton University.

Vladimir Masloboev 
Federal Research Centre “Kola Science Centre of RAS”

Mine Waters of the Mining Enterprises of the Murmansk Region: Main Pollutants, Perspective Treatment Technologies

Vladimir Masloboev was born in Arkhangelsk city, Russia. 

He graduated from the Moscow Institute of Fine Chemical Technology named after Mikhail Lomonosov, specialty "Technology of special materials for electronic engineering”.
Vladimir Masloboev works now as the vice-chairman of the Kola Science Center of the Russian Academy of Sciences in the Apatity city, Murmansk Region. Doctor of Science (Engineering), full member of the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences, Honorary Doctor of the Northern Arctic Federal University (Arkhangelsk).

Scope of his scientific interests - chemical technology of mineral raw materials of the Kola Peninsula, development of technologies for environmental protection. As director of the Institute of Problems of Industrial Ecology in the North, which he led from 2001 to 2016, Vladimir Masloboev actively participated in the development of environmental researches and in solving specific problems for prevention of environment’s damage and restoring disturbed ecosystems in the Barents region, in the preparation of the National Public Standard "Ecological Safety of the Arctic", in modeling the technogenic impacts of tailing dumps of mining and metallurgical enterprises on aquatic reservoirs and justification environmentally safe storage of mining and industrial waste. Vladimir Masloboev coordinated a number of international projects in the area of environment protection in the framework of the Kolarctic program.

Now, Vladimir Masloboev is senior advisor to the Chairman of Federal Research Center “Kola Science Center of the Russian Academy of Sciences”, scientific supervisor of Institute of Industrial Ecology Problems in the North (INEP KSC RAS)   

Vladimir Masloboev is the author of more than 500 scientific works, including 38 patents and 6 monographs. He is working as professor at the Murmansk Arctic State University and the Murmansk State Technical University, where in 2013 he created and currently supervises a master's program in applied geoecology.